The Wudang Sect (Wu Dang Sect/Wutang Sect/Wu-Tang Clan) is a fictional martial arts sect mentioned in several works of wuxia fiction. It is commonly featured as one of the leading orthodox sects in the wulin (martial artists' community). It is named after the place it is based, the Wudang Mountains.
The Wudang Sect is featured most prominently in Jin Yong's novels The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber and The Smiling, Proud Wanderer as a superpower in the wulin, along with Shaolin. Liang Yusheng's works also depict Wudang as the leader of all orthodox sects in the wulin. Most of its members are Taoist priests, who follow Taoist customs and practices in addition to training in martial arts. However, unlike the Buddhist monks of Shaolin, Wudang students are allowed to marry and start families. In some wuxia stories, Wudang has female members as well.
The sect was founded in the early Yuan Dynasty by Zhang Sanfeng. Zhang Sanfeng's original given name was "Junbao", and he was a student of Jueyuan, a Shaolin monk. Zhang Sanfeng accepted seven youths as his first disciples, who later became known as the "Seven Heroes of Wudang". The seven students are responsible for spreading Wudang's name through their prowess in martial arts, exemplary conduct, and deeds of gallantry.
Wudang's martial arts have their origins in the Shaolin Sect, although they are based on Taoism rather than Buddhism. Its martial arts revolve around the concept of t'ai chi, as evident from the skills named after the concept, such as "t'ai chi ch'uan" and "Taijijian". They also focus on the use of "soft and gentle" techniques to overcome opponents who rely on brute strength and force. Wudang's "inner energy" skills and Qinggong are also amongst the best in the wulin.
Due to strong Taoist influence, Wudang members also spend their time making elixirs and special medicines to improve health and boost inner energy.